I've been suffering from an unknown illness for 3 years and it sounds very much like lyme's disease, even though I've tested negative for it. It's even gone through 3 stages, like lymes. Here's my symptoms (I'm a 21 year old male for reference):
~3 years ago:
-heart palpitations (felt like it was exploding)
-increasing blood pressure,
-loss of appetite,
-weight loss (through exercise mainly, not unexplained)
-No fever :confused:
-sweat glands didn't seem to work right, and very suddenly so. One day I was exercising hard and sweating profusely, the next day, the same amount gave no sweat and my legs burned terribly. Drinking water did NOT help. This lasted for about 5 months.
-I went hiking a lot.
2 years ago:
-very bizarre twist in symptoms.
-Blood pressure falls from 150/90 to 80/60 within three months (this was the weirdest part of it... I had been eating a lot of fast food and stuff so you'd think would raise blood pressure, and I had gotten to 150/90 previously after lots of exercise and eating little?!),
-daignosed with mild diverticulitis after a cat scan,
-severe back pain/knee pain/other joint pain,
-small muscle spasms all over every few seconds,
-diagnosed with GERD,
-weight gain (from the anti-depressents they put me on I think)
-ESR of 30,
-felt like I was dying
-Grey lines and pain over ribs
-Culminated one night while lying down when I couldn't feel my pulse and my entire body went motsly numb for about 12 seconds, wore off like that tingly feeling you get when anaesthetics wear off. Very very scary. It felt like this would only happened at night, so I slept during the day for about a year.
1 year ago-present:
-normal blood pressure again
-increasing joint pain, expecially knees/rib/ and now hip just recently :confused:
-joints "drying up"
-Still have GERD and getting worse (related??)
-ESR of 24
Also some very weird symptoms include when I couldn't stop walking or I'd feel terrible all over two years ago (which wore off), and the fact that taking showers for some reason seems to spread which joints hurt. Honestly, I thought this last symptom was crazy, but recently I tried showering every day for 2 weeks and I'm now getting pains in joints I've never had pain in.
It sounds to me a lot like lyme's and I was considering having another test taken, what with the several stages, ending up with joint pain, etc. Is this "Igenix" place I'm hearing about reliable?
Some of the other guesses doctors have made have been CFS, fibromyalgia (current diagnosis even though I have 0 of the 17 "tender spots"), Cushing's (tested false). All medication, mainly anti-depressents or pain pills, have made my condition worse or had no effect.
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